Category: Physical

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt.” – John Muir

Today I am backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Hiking in the woods is where I think; or not.  It’s where problems get solved in my subconscious.  It’s where the Creator reminds me that there is something more.

Our lives are so full of noise.  It’s getting worse and worse.  It’s good to get away.  From people.  From technology.

Take the time to be alone and to be quiet.


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“Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn’t have to experience it.” – Max Frisch

I love my technology.  My smartphone, tablet, computer and all the apps.  The challenge of replacing or at least minimizing my cable company.  It’s all good.

They say now we’re never out of contact.  They say we’re bombarded with thousands of advertisements – every day.  They say that social media is making strangers of us all. Oh, and they say they know where we are and every move we make……

But all this stuff…all of it… has an “off” switch.

There is no need for a cell phone when riding a mountain bike.  There are no billboards or TV commercials on a hiking trail.  You don’t need to be online to have coffee with a friend.

Sunday’s are my “modern” sabbath.  I spend the day going to church, having a long meal with my family, reading, going for a long bike ride and playing guitar.  I turn off all the stuff.

It’s hard.  But it gets easier.

Use the “off” switch.  Nothing bad will happen.

“Your brain can make you money. But your body carries your brain.” – Jeffery J. Fox

Take care of yourself.

Eat well. Get enough sleep. Exercise 4-5 days a week. Make time for it.

Entrepreneurship is a tough job and you will never have enough time to get everything done.  This means you will have to choose and taking care of yourself is often deferrable. But don’t.  An hour long aerobic workout gives you time to think and sort things out.  A double benefit.